17 days in Modena & Bologna Itinerary

17 days in Modena & Bologna Itinerary

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17 days in Modena & Bologna Itinerary

Start: Modena
1
Modena
— 13 nights
train:  45​min
2
Bologna
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
End: Modena

13
nights
Modena

Modena ©
Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
Get out of town with these interesting Modena side-trips: Parma (Camera di San Paolo, Battistero di Parma, & more), Cremona (Cathedral of Cremona & Museo del Violino) and Borgo Castell'Arquato (in Castell'Arquato). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Parco Avventura Forestavventura, learn about winemaking at Acetaia Villa San Donnino, examine the collection at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Botanical Garden Maria Ansaldi Pania di Corfino.

Before you visit Modena, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport, Verona Villafranca Airport and Peretola Airport. In May, daytime highs in Modena are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Modena

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Parma, Mantua, Maranello, Castelnovo ne' Monti, Gropparello
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Battistero di Parma ©
Battistero di Parma
Parco Avventura Forestavventura ©
Parco Avventura Forestavventura
Alpe di Succiso ©
Alpe di Succiso

3
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 13th (Sat), ponder the world of politics at Palazzo del Podesta, steep yourself in history at Piazza Maggiore, get engrossed in the history at Museo Civico Archeologico, contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Petronio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, and finally explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia), don't miss a visit to Centro Storico Ferrara, contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Domenico, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, and finally test your team's savvy at Secret Zone.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bologna travel itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Modena to Bologna in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Bologna, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 62°F at night. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Ferrara
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Piazza Maggiore ©
Piazza Maggiore
Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda ©
Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda
Secret Zone ©
Secret Zone

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